NOTE: This is Part Two of today’s Basketball Intelligence. See Part One, which links to most of today’s best stories about the NBA Finals, here: http://basketballintelligence.net/2015/06/17/todays-best-nba-reporting-analysis-part-one-5/
– Biggest winner of the Finals? Rest! (from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN):
” The Golden State Warriors were the last ones standing. As bodies broke down all around the NBA this season, it was the Warriors who remained intact.
This wasn’t supposed to happen. The Warriors employ so many players who got hit with the injury-prone label at some point in their careers: Stephen Curry,Shaun Livingston, Andrew Bogut, Leandro Barbosa, Festus Ezeli.
But in the regular season, the Warriors finished with the fewest minutes lost due to injury in the NBA. And in the postseason, they finished as champions.
Those two facts are not unrelated; the first was a catalyst to an end.
This wasn’t all luck. This was all part of the plan: to rest, to recover, to outlast.”
Read it here: http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2015/story/_/id/13098001/golden-state-warriors-show-rest-best
– The Warriors Are Your Champions (from Ian Levy, Vantage Sports):
” The Golden State Warriors are your 2014-2015 NBA champions. In one of the most unique NBA Finals in recent memory, the Warriors finished off the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games. There were a thousand interesting statistical narratives in this series, and we’ll touch on just a few here”
Read it here: http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VXYnlyUAADk73vl0/the-playoff-pivot-point-the-warriors-are-your-champions-curry-catches-fire-warriors-finally-moving-the-ball-cavs-offense-doing-just-enough
– The Warriors aren’t just NBA champions, they’re historically great (from Mike Prada, sbnation.com):
Read it here: http://www.sbnation.com/2015/6/17/8789775/golden-state-warriors-nba-champions-history
– Golden State Warriors Illustrated (from Kirk Goldsberry, Grantland.com):
” First of all, congratulations to the Golden State Warriors and their fans. They were clearly the best team in the NBA this season. They dominated the league and entertained us from Halloween to their ultimate triumph last night. They got here in their own way, and it’s worth visualizing some of their most dominant characteristics.”
Read and view it here: http://grantland.com/the-triangle/golden-state-warriors-illustrated/
– The Warriors Were Too Good at Everything to Ever Really Lose Anything (from Andrew Sharp, Grantland.com):
Read it here: http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-warriors-were-too-good-at-everything-to-ever-really-lose-anything/
– Austin Ainge: After Golden State Warriors championship, Boston Celtics ‘cognizant of some evolution’ in NBA (from Jay king, masslive.com):
” The evolution of basketball is something teams must consider as they approach the coming draft. Shooting and positional versatility is hugely important. Big men must be more mobile now, better shooters, or make up for it in other ways. Still, a team near the top of the draft will pick Jahlil Okafor, an old-school big man out of Duke. A number of centers are expected go in the lottery.
“You can win with those guys. They’re good players,” Ainge said. “Regardless of what the trends are, they’re good, and you can use them.”
He added: “There’s a million ways to win and I just think you have to get the best players. (You don’t want to) force the idea of a player in rather than the player himself. You can’t deal in hypotheticals. (In the draft), it’s always between this guy or that guy. Bad rim protection doesn’t help. If he’s a really good rim protector then that’s one thing. But every team can do it differently. If you look over the last 10 championships there’s been a variety of lineups and matchups. I think you can win (in different ways). You have to have talent, though.”
Read it here: http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2015/06/austin_ainge_golden_state_warr.html
– Warriors Craft New Model in Winning NBA Championship (from Howard Beck, Bleacher report):
Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2498568-death-to-the-superteam-warriors-craft-new-model-in-winning-nba-championship
– Five Questions: Milwaukee Bucks (from Dakota Schmidt, BBall Breakdown):
Read it here: http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/06/16/five-questions-milwaukee-bucks/
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
– Paul Pierce: http://washingtonwizardsblog.monumentalnetwork.com/2015/06/17/year-in-review-paul-pierce
– David Lee: http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2015/story/_/id/13099978/david-lee-likely-return-golden-state-warriors-sources